Friday April 11th, 2014 14:22

Thursday 17 April 2014 in London

Matisse Cut-Outs

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature scissors-and-paper shapes by the great Henri Matisse, Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, and a triad of tipped rock/alternative acts: PINS, Francis Lung, and Kagoule. And free pizza…

ART: Henri Matisse – The Cut Outs, Tate Modern, 17 Apr – 7 Sep (pictured)
The Tate M displays art giant Henri Matisse’s snip-and-paste series, which he began making in latter life once ill-health had prevented him from painting. This is the first time so large a number of his paper ‘gouaches découpées’, which include the famous ‘Blue Nudes’ and the large-scale ‘Snail’, have gone on show at the same time, in the same place. Details and tickets here.

FILM: The Bigger Picture, presents… Rust & Bone, East Dulwich Tavern, 17 Apr
Pop into the EDT tonight if you want to watch Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts having one whale of a Palme d’Or-nominated love affair, which first came out in 2012 c/o award-winning filmmaker Jacques Audiard. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: The Lock Tavern Festival, Lock Tavern, 17-20 Apr
This year’s LT Fest, a string of free-entry parties featuring DJs, live bands, and pizza-based ambiance, begins this evening at 6pm with a line-up including Mancs rock ladies PINS, melancholic pop soloist Francis Lung and noisy teen trio Kagoule, with guest turntablists Semi-Deluxe and Richie Sanks, and Big Deal, Girl Band, Seekae, DEMS and Pablo Nouvelle buoying things up over the subsequent days. Free slices of pizza will be given on arrival to those RSVP-ing pre-the event via Billetto. Details here.

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Wednesday April 9th, 2014 18:30

Tuesday 15 April 2014 in London

The Silver Tassie

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature an anti-war declaration by Irish playwright Sean O’Casey, one ‘Cool Rider’, and pop’s new intelligensia: These New Puritans…

MUSIC/ART: These New Puritans – Magnetic Field, The Vinyl Factory, 15-21 Apr
Alto-pop braniacs These New Puritans will display (and invite fans to interact with) their ‘Magnetic Resonator Piano’, a gadget that featured on the band’s 2013 LP ‘Field Of Reeds’, via this free-entry exhibition. TNP have also invited acts like East India Youth, Will Dutta, Halls, Gwilym Gold, Scanner and Charles Hayward to play live on site at the installation, working the MRP into their shows. Details here.

THEATRE: Cool Rider, Lyric Theatre, 15-19 Apr
Back in the saddle following the show’s short spin at the Lyric Theatre earlier this year, ‘Cool Rider’ is a deliberately sugary spread of Pink Ladies, sex ed sing-songs, and a motorcycle vigilante in black. Ashleigh Gray and Aaron Sidwell play dancin and romancin Rydell High kids Stephanie and Michael  in this wry take on 1982′s hammy ‘Grease’ sequel, ‘Grease 2′. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Silver Tassie, National Theatre, 15 Apr – 3 Jul
National Theatre AD Howard Davies takes charge of this acrid and blackly-comic  anti-war diatribe by Irish dramatist Sean O’Casey. ‘The Silver Tassie’ stars Ronan Rafferty as a dashing young soldier crippled by the horrors and hardships of WW1. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday April 3rd, 2014 09:57

Wednesday 9 April 2014 in London

The Fashion World Of Jean Paul Gaultier

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature high-style king Jean Paul Gaultier, Palestinian playwright Amir Nizar Zuabi, and comic titillation c/o Mae Martin, Rachel Stubbings and Patrick Turpin…

COMEDY: An Arousing Night feat Richard Herring/Mae Martin/Patrick Turpin, Drink Shop & Do, 9 Apr
Tonight’s ‘Arousing’ co-hosts, po-faced agony aunt Rachel Stubbings and oddball comic Lou Sanders, MC the stimulating likes of no-frills wit Mae Martin, all-natural stand-up Patrick Turpin, and virtual unknown Richard Herring, whoever he is. Details and tickets here.

ART/FILM: The Fashion World Of Jean Paul Gaultier, Barbican, 9 Apr – 25 Aug (pictured)
The Barbican draws a long, tall high-ball of fashion artistry in this, an exploration of French haute-couturier (and originator of the ‘man-skirt) Gaultier’s weird, daring and decadent style-scape. At the heart of the exhibition, which is titled ‘From The Sidewalk To The Catwalk’, are over 160 garments and costumes, such as Madonna’s infamous conical bra, and an array of photo and film snapshots of JP’s collaborations with the likes of David LaChapelle, Miles Aldridge and Andy Warhol. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Oh My Sweet Land, Young Vic, 9 Apr – 3 May
Positioned at the crossroads of love and war, Amir Nizar Zuabi’s Syria-based play is a two-way collaboration with its originator, actor Corinne Jaber, who stars as a woman looking for a lost loved one. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday February 25th, 2014 20:41

Tuesday 4 March 2014 in London


TW’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature R&B-style pop soloist Py, stage arts ensemble Opera Viscera acting a short Bukowski story, and a group of artists with a liking for ruins…

ART: Ruin Lust – Tate Britain, 4 Mar – 18 May
The Tate Britain builds an exhibition of over 100 works – from eighteenth century masters like Constable and Turner, film artist Tacita Dean, and late sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi. All the art is unified by its makers ‘lust’ to depict crumbling old ruins in various ways and in various lights, from the mournful, to the thrilling, to the comic and perverse. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Py/Mo Colours, Madame JoJo’s, 4 Mar
London girl and pop vocalist Py celebrates the imminent 10 Mar release of her heady new single ‘Swimming Slow’ with a headline appearance at Madame JoJo’s weekly White Heat night. Half-Mauritian soul producer Mo Kolours and LA DJ Kastle are also on the bill. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Bukowski’s Cass, The Vaults, 4-8 Mar (pictured)
Running in the last part of The Vaults’ underground arts marathon, Opera Viscera’s contemplation of beauty, intimacy and spirit based on Charles Bukowski’s short story, about a wild and charismatic girl who ‘haggles’ her beauty, is brought to the stage in a whirl of prose, music and dance. Details and tickets here.

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Friday February 21st, 2014 09:08

Thursday 27 February 2014 in London

WW1 Portraits

TW’S tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature Secret Cinema, and on the grave side, some of WW1′s most abiding artists and photographers…

ART: The Great War In Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 27 Feb – 15 Jun (pictured)
In this, the centenary year of WW1, the NPT splotlights the various ways artists reacted to and represented ‘the war to end all wars’, in a free exhibit depicting those involved. For instance, a grainy photo of Gavrilo Princip (who, aged 19, assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, kick-starting the long-looming conflict) is placed against a backdrop of lofty portraits of military and political leaders, and of ordinary soliders – from medal winners to the fallen. Details here.

FILM: Secret Cinema presents… The Grand Budapest Hotel, secret location, 27 Feb – 30 Mar
As always, Secret Cinema, who’ve fixed many an interactive, experimental and ‘immersive’ experience for film fans, present a series of highly secretive screenings of Wes Anderson’s new flick, the Ralph Fiennes-starring ‘GBH’, in a quirky setting. Most likely, and this is a wild stab in the dark, a hotel. And check-in only costs  £57! Details and tickets here.

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Thursday February 20th, 2014 08:43

Wednesday 26 February 2014 in London

Neneh Cherry

TW’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature the late Bill Hicks and Margaret Thatcher, and the very present Neneh Cherry…

ART: Spitting Image – From Start To Finish, The Cartoon Museum, 26 Feb – 8 Mar
The Cartoon Museum casts a boggly eye over ITV’s first and finest latex-based political piss-take, tracing the show’s rise and decline from first draft to last dribble, and showing off all its most-loved characters, from Major, and MJ to Maggie. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Bill Hicks Tribute Night feat Brendon Burns/Robin Ince/Jeff Innocent, Dingwalls, 26 Feb
Twenty years after his death, the late and great Bill Hicks’ life and lasting legacy are celebrated by his disciples – Robin Ince, Brendon Burns, Jeff Innocent and BBC 6music’s Shaun Keaveny – his family, with a showing of rare Hicks clips from back in the day. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Neneh Cherry, Concrete, 26 Feb (pictured)
Neneh Cherry always has been, is, and always will be, at the spearhead of ultra-high-gear R&B. Most known for 1989′s coming-out-LP ‘Raw Like Sushi’, Cherry shoots off her new record, ‘Blank Project’, which features beats by Rocketnumbernine and a production touch c/o Four Tet, this week. See her perform bits of it live tonight. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday February 13th, 2014 07:07

Wednesday 19 February 2014 in London

Sarah Kendall

ThisWeek’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature comic striker Sarah Kendall, the great (and German) painters of the renaissance era, and France’s Théâtre Volière…

ART: Strange Beauty – Masters Of The German Renaissance, National Gallery, 19 Feb – 11 May
The NG reviews afresh the paintings, drawings and prints of German Renaissance-era greats like Hans Holbein Jr, Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach Sr, highlighting their expression and inventiveness, and examining their significance back then, in the recent past, and in  the present tense. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Sarah Kendall – Touchdown, Canal Cafe Theatre, 19 Feb (pictured)
The deserving winner of many an esteemed prize (not least the ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award-winner all the way back in 2007), the still-brilliant Sarah Kendall looks back on her decorated stint in an under-14s touch football team. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Poilu & Tommy, Courtyard Theatre, 19 Feb – 8 Mar
Strasbourg’s Théâtre Volière act out this haunting, war-ravaged play about two boys living in 1900 whose games take a dark turn, and foreshadow their older lives, caught up in the horror of the Somme. Details and tickets here.

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Friday February 7th, 2014 12:21

Thursday 13 February 2014 in London

Young Fathers

TW’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature Glaswegian rap standard-bearers Young Fathers, dance wildcard Cindy Claes, and the iconic works of pop artist Richard Hamilton…

ART: Richard Hamilton, Tate Modern, 13 Feb – 26 May
The Tate Mod shows off pivotal pop artist Richard Hamilton’s 60-year portfolio of paintings, collages and drawings, which is based in the iconography of film stars, rock stars, politicians and the shifting motifs for social change. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Wild Card - Cindy Claes, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, 13-14 Feb
Cindy Claes, an ambassador for Jamaican dance, choreographs this combative showcase of hip hop and dancehall, with a cast contrasting both forms to make a social and political point. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Young Fathers, Electrowerkz, 13 Feb (pictured)
Probably one of the most original acts working in British hip hop today, avant rap clan Young Fathers, from Scotland, support third LP ‘Dead’, which dropped earlier this month. Details and tickets here.

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Friday January 31st, 2014 08:38

Thursday 6 February 2014 in London

Only Lovers Left Alive

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as a couple of bloodsucking rockers, and the swingin 1960s ouevres of photographer David Bailey and actor Michael Caine…

FILM/MUSIC: Only Lovers Left Alive (film screening + live concert), Odeon Leicester Sq/Heaven, 6 Feb (pictured)
Following a preview screening of Jim Jarmusch’s new film – a kind of rock/horrorcore love story starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston – Jarmusch himself brings his band SQÜRL along with White Hills, Jozef Van Wissem and Yasmine Hamdan, all contributors to the new movie’s soundtrack, to play parts of the score live during a one-off show at Heaven. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Blow The Bloody Doors Off!, Barbican, 6 Feb
Host Phill Jupitus, top MD Terry Edwards and a crack mob of musicians, singers and players from all corners of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Madness and Polar Bear play a live soundtrack to clips from four of Michael Caine’s most iconic films, tipping teir caps en masse to Sonny Rollins’ score to ‘Alfie’, John Barry’s ‘The Ipcress File’, Quincy Jones’ ‘The Italian Job’ and Roy Budd’s ‘Get Carter’. Details and tickets here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Bailey’s Stardust, National Portrait Gallery, 6 Feb – 1 Jun
The swingin sixties’ premiere lens-slinger David Bailey gets this significantly hip exhibit featuring 250-plus of his most timeless (and yet of-their-time, too) pics, of celebrities like the Stones and Moss, to non-celebrities like Mr Pleb of Plebsville. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday January 30th, 2014 08:35

Wednesday 5 February 2014 in London

David Hockney

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature the one and only David Hockney, grandiose Irish guitarsmiths Girls Names, and radio/TV comic Tim Fitzhigham…

ART: Hockney – Printmaker, Dulwich Picture Gallery, 5 Feb – 11 May (pictured)
As one of Britain’s greatest living artists celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of his first ever print, so does this show – which displays over 100 lithographs, etchings, portraits, ‘homemade’ photocopier prints and computer drawings, a prototype for Hockney’s famed iPad works. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Tim FitzHigham, Pleasance Theatre, 5 Feb
Comedy’s most daring ’Gambler‘ and one-time ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award winner Tim FitzHigham takes all kinds of risks and feats in his stride. Having sailed a paper boat 160 miles and entered himself (minus a horse) into a horse race, FitzHigham safety-tests his latest ideas – with stand-up included – in this ‘work-in-progress’ show at the Pleasance. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Girls Names, Concrete, 5 Feb
A band of the highest, gloomiest Smiths-ian order, Girls Names provide us a live playback of their 2013 LP ‘The New Life’. Details tickets here.

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Monday January 13th, 2014 11:10

Wednesday 15 January 2014 in London

Hannah Hoch

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature radical Dada collagist Hannah Höch, comedian-for-all-seasons Holly Walsh, and playwright/master of the dark dramatic arts Nick Gill…

ART: Hannah Höch, Whitechapel Gallery, 15 Jan – 23 Mar (pictured)
A Dadaist, feminist and meister of montage, collage artist Hannah Höch’s most radical work is a reaction to Germany’s thorny social and political history. This exhibition features over 100 pieces dated between 1910 and 1970. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Holly Walsh/Toby Hadoke/Chris Martin, 99 Club Leicester Square, 15 Jan
Tonight’s far-from-flaky 99 showcase packs a real comic kick c/o sharp-witted star headliner Holly Walsh, “captivating” stand-up Toby Hadoke and polished pro Chris Martin. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Fiji Land, Southwark Playhouse, 15 Jan – 8 Feb
Highly-regarded playwright Nick Gill imagines Fiji Land, a surreal prison state in which very real things happen once the cell doors are locked, in an incisive study of the price of ‘keeping the peace’. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday December 1st, 2013 11:51

Friday 6 December 2013 in London

Ruth Wilson

TODAY IN LONDON ice-cool thespian Ruth Wilson, art darling Jeremy Deller, rock-pop sensations Peace and comedic live-wire Harriet Kemsley feature in the following TW-recommended events…

ART: Tate Lates – Warp x Tate, Tate Britain, 6 Dec
High-factor Warp Records signings Oneohtrix Point Never, Hudson Mohawke and Rustie provide sonic titivation tonight at this special free-entry installation co-hosted by the label and Turner-winning artist Jeremy Deller. All acts will dedicate their sets to Deller’s 1998 piece ‘The History Of The World’, a spider diagram likening acid house to traditional British brass band music. Details and here.

COMEDY: The Dead Parrot Society feat Harriet Kemsley/Gary Tro/Rachel Gleaves/Jay Cowle MC, The Royal Oak, 6 Dec
Monty Py-who? Exactly. Tonight’s fine-feathered Dead Parrot Society birdcage features the highly alive likes of small-but-switched-on comic dynamo Harriet Kemsley, “piquant” Brixton stand-up Gary Tro and Funny Women Awards 2013 finalist Rachel Gleaves. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Peace, Shepherds Bush Empire, 6-7 Dec
Floppy-haired nineties-style-pop fops Peace – part of a wave of Midlands youth bands harking back to the off-golden glory days of grunge – ply their one and only LP, ‘In Love’, to anyone who cares to embrace it. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The El Train - Three One Act Plays by Eugene O’Neill, Hoxton Hall, 6-30 Dec (pictured)
Hollywood (and ‘Luther’) actor Ruth Wilson adds gravitas to this trio of shortish scripts by one-time Nobel laureate Eugene O’Neill, each enriched by live music and ‘immersive’ set design. As well as appearing in the blackly comic ‘Before Breakfast’ and fraught passion play ‘The Web’, she’ll also make her directorial debut at the head of ‘The Dreamy Kid’, a thrilling tale of family, faith and redemption. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday November 9th, 2013 08:44

Friday 15 November 2013 in London

London Jazz Festival

TODAY IN LONDON astral jazzists Soweto Kinch, Matthew Herbert and Hugh Masekela, top comics Tim Key and Kevin Eldon, and a simulation of the world’s largest refugee camp feature in the following TW-recommended events…

COMEDY: Bush Hall Presents… Tim Key/Kevin Eldon/Aisling Bea/Andrew Maxwell, Bush Hall, 15 Nov
Bush Hall summons the ‘big four’ (okay, ‘a’ big four) of stand up – that’s weirdy beardy Tim Key, versatile telly star Kevin Eldon, Irish beauty Aisling Bea and Irish… man Andrew Maxwell – to big up its Friday night bill, which is headlined by a very special secret guest. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: London Jazz Festival, various locations, 15-25 Nov (pictured)
Showcasing music’s smokiest, most sultry sub-palate in all its many colours, the 21st edition of London’s super-multi-national Jazz Festival ushers in (over the next ten days) the likes of Tuscan superstar Bobo Rondelli, rap saxophonist Soweto Kinch, electronic icon Matthew Herbert, South African maestro Hugh Masekela, master pianist Larry Willis, Grammy-nominated Caribbean cat Monty Alexander and Joni Mitchell-esque singer-guitarist Chloe Charles. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Seeking Sanctuary, The Vaults, 15-16 Nov
Part exhibition, part immersive theatre piece, this free entry experience reimagines the many trials of real-life immigrants and refugees, as ticket-holders are put through a simulation of border control and the various hardships involved in finding asylum. Conceived by the British Red Cross, the event even features a recreation of the world’s largest refugee camp, Dadaab. Details and links to register for free tickets here.

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Wednesday November 6th, 2013 12:50

Tuesday 12 November 2013 in London

Ria Lina

TODAY IN LONDON comedienne Ria Lina, modern British artists Gillian Carnegie and Tomma Abts, one-time ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award winner Alexis Dubus and daring Belgian choreographer Wim Vandekeybus feature in the following TW-recommended events…

ART: Painting Now – Five Contemporary Artists, Tate Britain, 12 Nov – 9 Feb 2014
The Tate shows off interlocking modern work by Turner Prize-winning abstractionist Tomma Abts, still-life/landscape painter Gillian Carnegie, creator of elaborate natural/artificial tableaux Simon Ling, aesthete and fine artist Lucy McKenzie, and sculptural painter Catherine Story. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Ria Lina – Thpethial, Leicester Square Theatre, 12-14 Nov (pictured)
Plain-speaking Ria Lina, who herself has Asperger’s, riffs light-heartedly on the significance and meaning of “special”, side-stepping PC gibberish and enlivening her views by singing them and using ‘visual aids’. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: A Joke Too Far – Stand Up For Burma, Hackney Picturehouse, 12 Nov
Showing that one really can’t put a price on justice, pro-freedom comedians Richard Herring, Naz Osmanoglu and ThreeWeeks Editor’s Award-winner Alexis Dubus (and additional TBA acts) ‘do it’ for Amnesty International, who’ll be taking 100% of tonight’s totally reasonably £12.50 cost-of-admission. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Wim Vandekeybus – booty Looting, Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Centre), 12-13 Nov
‘booty Looting’ is a UK premiere c/o Belgian choreographer Wim Vandekeybus, known for his fast, instinctive, combatant style. Tonight he scripts six dancers’ moves through tales of destruction, distortion and death by Xerox machine. Details and tickets here.

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Friday October 11th, 2013 14:24

Thursday 17 October 2013 in London

V V Brown

TODAY IN LONDON Robert Webb, Tamsin Outhwaite and ‘Miranda’ star Sarah Hadland all doing some acting, plus pop chanteuse VV Brown, feature in the following TW-recommended events…

ART: Frieze Art Fair/Frieze Masters, Regent’s Park, 17 -20 Oct
Frieze! Yes, indeed, it’s that time again, ‘that time’ being the time for parallel art sales Frieze Masters, which is the ‘classic’ half of the deal, and Frieze, it’s ‘edgier’ kin, to flaunt their wares at either end of Regent’s Park. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: VV Brown, Electrowerkz, 17 Oct (pictured)
Ascendant pop vixen VV Brown adds a little live ‘bite’ to her fresh n tempting new track ‘The Apple’, and the excellent LP to which it’s attached, ‘Samson And Delilah’, dicing ‘all the hits’ live for fans’ pleasure tonight at Electrowerkz. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Raving, Hampstead Theatre, 17 Oct – 23 Nov
Robert Webb, Tamzin Outhwaite and Sarah Hadland play parents having an ill-fated away day from the kids in Simon Paisley Day’s pithy new script, which raked in fairly pleasing reviews when it ran in the West End earlier this year. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday October 10th, 2013 14:21

Wednesday 16 October 2013 in London

Whistler In London

TODAY IN LONDON innovative theatre co Aria Entertainment, Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds, sitar star Anoushka Shankar and late artist Whistler feature in the following TW-recommended events…

ART: An American In London – Whistler And The Thames, Dulwich Picture Gallery, 16 Oct – 12 Jan (pictured)
Whilst American artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler is probably most famed for a portrait of his mother, it’s his time in London in 1859-ish that’s this major showcase’s main order of the day. An array of rarely-on-display drawings, prints, pastels and pantings culminates in his portraits of iconic Nocturnes of Thames-side sights like Battersea Bridge and Chelsea. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Olafur Arnalds/Anoushka Shankar, Fabric, 16 Oct
Painting a broad sonic horizon via this mixed Fabric bill for all seasons, Icelandic nouveau classicist Olafur Arnalds and stellar sitar player (and daughter of Ravi) Anoushka Shankar play selections from their solo back caches and respective new LPs – his, ‘For Now I Am Winter’, and hers, ‘Traces Of You’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Blood Wedding, The Courtyard, 16 Oct – 16 Nov
Spanish poet-playwright Federico Garcia Lorca’s ‘Blood Wedding’, the life-inspired saga of love, fate and vengeance, and warring families, is realised at The Courtyard by Aria Entertainment. Details and tickets here.

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Friday October 4th, 2013 08:08

Thursday 10 October 2013 in London

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance

TODAY IN LONDON Daniel Simonsen, Kathryn Prescott, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and even Elizabeth I feature in the following TW-recommended events…

ART: Elizabeth I & Her People, National Portrait Gallery, 10 Oct – 5 Jan 2014
Exploring Liz I’s long-enduring reign through the lives of her subjects, the NPG’s big new expo highlights high-end portraiture of the queen herself and her courtiers, but also gives face time to lesser-known Elizabethans, showing paintings and possessions belonging to butchers, bakers and candlestick makers. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Angel Comedy – Angel Delight feat Jay Foreman/Daniel Simonsen/Brenda Gilhooly, The Camden Head (Islington), 10 Oct
Angel Comedy whips up a delightful night of free levity, with sterling singer-songwriter Jay Foreman, super-dry Swede Daniel Simonsen, and ‘TV Burp’ writer turned stand-up Brenda Gilhooly all adding wobble to the comic blancmange. Details here.

DANCE: Shobana Jeyasingh Dance – Too Mortal, St Pancras Old Church, 10-12 Oct (pictured)
Upheld by this year’s Dance Umbrella festival, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance’s mesmeric and site-specific piece fits into every pews and crevice of St Pancras Old Church, as six women dressed in red reflect on life and death. It’s free, but an RSVP is required. Details here.

THEATRE: The Love Girl & The Innocent, Southwark Playhouse, 10 Oct – 2 Nov
Ex-’Skins’ twin Kathryn Prescott is ‘The Love Girl’, a POW in a corrupt Soviet Russian camp, in Nobel Prize-winner Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s gripping morality tale. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday September 22nd, 2013 08:28

Today in London: Saturday 28 Sept 2013


Saturdays in the city are always culturally fulfilling, but this one particularly so. Take a look at the day’s ‘what’s on’ highlights…


Adrián Villar Rojas: Today We Reboot The Planet, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, 28 Sep – 10 Nov
The brand new, free-entry Serpentine Sackler Gallery, designed by visionary firm Zaha Hadid Architects, unveils its inaugural installation, an array of dramatic, large-scale sculptures by young Argentine artist Adrián Villar Rojas. Details here.


FutureFest, Shoreditch Town Hall, 28-29 Sep
Multi-talented creative Pat Kane’s weekend science fest features interactive shows, displays, and talks based on the event’s central themes; namely Well Becoming, In The Imaginarium, We Are All Gardeners and The Value Of Everything. Guest speakers include cerebral catwalk queen Lily Cole, political boffin David Runciman, economics expert on ‘Newsnight’ Paul Mason and SF writer Nick Harkaway. Details and tickets here.


Dummy AGM feat Darkstar/Amateur Best/Tirzah & Micachu/oOoOO, London Fields Brewery, 28-29 Sep
Art/style mag Dummy chairs the agenda at its first ever AGM (which, in reality, is less a meeting than a party night). Lead by digi-dance trio Darkstar, this beat-heavy mind meld also features 1990s-style grime-pop by Tirzah and Micachu, sticky synth rhythms by Amateur Best, and chillwave vibes via oOoOO. Details and tickets here.

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Friday September 20th, 2013 12:52

Today in London: Thursday 26 Sept 2013


Make the most of this unusually fine (culture-wise, anyway) Thursday in London, and choose one of the following significant artistic occasions…


Josh Widdicombe/Seann Walsh – The Greatest Hits So Far, Eventim Apollo, 26 Sep
Young bucks Josh Widdicombe and Seann Walsh – both sharp observational comics  - split tonight’s bill 50/50, review their respective triumphs to date, and at the same time tape their two (solo) shows for two (solo) DVDs. Details and tickets here.


Unsound London, various locations, 26-29 Sep
Poland’s super-ultra-alternative festival Unsound sprouts a London double, providing the space and time in the city for cross-border sonic commissions like ‘Concealed’, a project by Demdike Stare, Michael England and string players from Sinfonietta Cracovia, a rare PA by dark ambient lord Lustmord, and sets featuring Karenn (aka Blawan and Pariah), Forest Swords and King Midas Sound. Details and tickets here.


Ja Ja Ja feat Eye Emma Jedi/Satellite Stories/Samaris, The Lexington, 26 Sep
Active again following a seasonal mini-break, live Nordic band night Ja Ja Ja will ease back into its occasional lock-in at London’s The Lexington via tonight’s showcase starring Norwegian punks Eye Emma Jedi, Finnish indie band Satellite Stories and Icelandic noir-tronica act Samaris. Details and tickets here.


Ghosts, Almeida Theatre, 26 Sep – 23 Nov (pictured)
Having achieved Olivier-winning greatness via his 2005 adaptation of ‘The Dolls House’, Richard Eyre raids Henrik Ibsen’s archives again, this time casting Lesley Manville as Helene Alving, a woman desperate to escape the spectre of her heartless late husband. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday September 19th, 2013 08:34

Today in London: Wednesday 25 Sept 2013

The Light Princess

Today in topical cultural happenings, these mid-week headlines…


Mira Schendel, Tate Modern, 25 Sep – 19 Jan 2014
A game-changing artist said to have altered the landscape of post-war art in Latin Ameria, late Brazilian Modernist Mira Schendel is celebrated in this large-scale exhibition featuring over 250 paintings, drawings and sculpture. Details and tickets here.


Soho Literary Festival, Soho Theatre, 25-29 Sep
A mega-fest of myriad mini-events – each priced at a mere £9 entry fee – this Dean Street-based literary extravaganza features guest speakers in Ian Hislop, Ruby Wax, Quentin Blake and Libby Purves. David Hare and Rupert Everett will talk all-things Oscar Wilde with his only grandchild, Merlin Holland; Don Bachardy will reminisce re his relationship with Christopher Isherwood; and the late Roger Mortimer’s long-chided children Charlie and Louise will read their father’s bestselling ’Dear Lupin’ and ‘Dear Lumpy’ letters. Details and tickets here.


The Light Princess, National Theatre, 25 Sep – 9 Jan 2014 (pictured)
The NT’s ‘Light Princess’, aka ‘Tori Amos: The Musical’, has to its name a score by pop’s most famed ‘Professional Widow’, direction by ‘Curious Incident’ creative Marianne Elliot and a dark fairytale narrative in which a sad princess and prince start an illicit ‘Romeo & Juliet’-style affair in the midst of a war. Details and tickets here.

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